My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/new-reviews/the-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-by-deanna-wadsworth
Ichabod Crane, schoolmaster of Tarrytown, desires to wed heiress Katrina Van Tassel. He believes he might have a chance at winning the coquette’s hand, but his rival for Katrina’s affections, Brom Van Brunt – aka Brom Bones – seems determined to thwart and embarrass Ichabod at every turn with teasing and tricks. Ichabod loathes Brom…when he isn’t imagining having the man in his bed.
One night, upon returning from a party, Ichabod is set upon by the Headless Horseman, a supernatural creature Ichabod professes not to believe in but fears terribly. Ichabod is taken captive, but when he wakes, it is no headless Hessian spirit that has captured him, but Brom Bones himself. Naked and tied to a bed, Ichabod can’t hide his desire for the man he swears he hates. But Brom isn’t through surprising Ichabod: the handsome rogue confesses his desire for the skinny schoolmaster. Is this another one of Brom’s tricks? Or could it be that his rival isn’t actually after Katrina’s heart, but Ichabod’s?
Deanna Wadsworth turns Washington Irving’s short story on its head in the deliciously wicked The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I couldn’t resist the idea of two of American literature’s most famous rivals falling in love. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is erotic, naughty, and pure fun to read. I enjoyed watching Ichabod come to understand that all of Brom’s teasing was done to get his attention. The uptight schoolmaster is no match for Brom’s erotic torment. Yet while Ichabod is, understandably, the primary focus of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, it was Brom who captured my heart. He’s devilish and a trickster, but he’s also surprisingly vulnerable when it comes to Ichabod. I loved getting inside Brom’s head and Ms. Wadsworth made him a swoon-worthy hero.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is unlike any other incarnation of the tale I’ve read. Ms. Wadsworth’s version was a delight to read and I look forward to enjoying more of her work.